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Gordon Hirabayashi Interview IV

Date: February 17, 2000
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-20
01:49:44
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Nisei male. Born April 23, 1918, in Seattle, Washington. Spent most of his childhood in Thomas, Washington, where his parents were part of a Christian farming co-op. Attended the University of Washington where he was active in the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), the conscientious objector movement, and became a Quaker. At the outbreak of World War II, he was one of only a handful of individuals to challenge the curfew and removal orders being enforced against Japanese on the West Coast, citing ""Christian principles,"" and asserting ""a duty to maintain the democratic standards for which this nation lives."" He turned himself in to the FBI, was found guilty, and served time for violating the curfew order, and failing to report for ""evacuation."" While serving time for this conviction, Gordon was served with a draft notice and again, refused to comply. He subsequently served another period of time as a draft resister. In 1943 the Supreme Court upheld his convictions. Some forty years postwar, in 1986, his case was reopened and his convictions surrounding the incarceration were vacated by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing in part that, ""racial bias was the cornerstone of the internment orders."" Gordon Hirabayashi passed away in January of 2012.
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being held in the King County jail, unable to be released on bail Segment 1 of 14 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting future wife, Esther Schmoe, a University student who visited the jail Segment 2 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Decision to enter into interracial marriage, family's concerns Segment 4 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Marriage announcement made public in the Spokane Chronicle Segment 5 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Wife receives negative mail in regards to interracial marriage Segment 6 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Listening to advice from family and friends before getting married Segment 7 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A weekend trip to discuss future of marriage results in decision to separate Segment 8 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of wife's family relationships Segment 9 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father as a role model Segment 11 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's influence in life choices Segment 12 of 14 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of wedding ceremony in Spokane, Washington Segment 14 of 14 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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